Brett W 
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Re: “A Suspicious Death Draws Attention to Burlington's Homeless Encampments

The cost of allowing people to use land isn't the cost of the land itself-- obviously that's no cost at all, as you have to go out of your way to even notice the camps exist. The cost is that if lower cost housing were available than the cheapest apartments, these would not be the only people who need it.

A lot of people are just barely able to afford apartments, and are kept in those unsustainable indebted lifestyles only by precisely these efforts to make it impossible for them to live in the woods. There are also many more thousands of people who would choose to live in the woods, were it allowed, as it would let them be employed less doing things they enjoy more.

In short, allowing people to live cheaply would provoke a cultural transformation. The oppression and destruction of these camps should be understood as mostly an attempt to forcefully maintain this culture and the profit it generates.

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Posted by Brett W on 05/31/2014 at 4:10 PM

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